The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

with Charity Martin

August 26th—August 27th

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    Price:
  • $200 Program Price
  • $250 Patron Price
  • Or pay in accord with your circumstances
Room: Meditation Hall

"The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I," is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life.

This first Shambhala Training Weekend presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

We'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

If you have questions, please contact Jo Simpson at jsimpson7 [at] gmail [dot] com.

About Weekend I:

"Feel Human Again, Shambhala Training Weekend I" (aka the Art of Being Human) is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice, and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom. 

Senior Shambhala teacher Charity Martin will incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and provide instructions for basic mindfulness-awareness meditation practice including posture, relating to thoughts, and breathing techniques.

Charity and a team of meditation instructors will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation.

Weekend includes:

  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks
  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
  • Concluding Sunday reception
  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa



About the Teacher
For over 20 years, Charity Martin has been teaching bodywork and somatic therapeutic work to individuals and groups through her private practice in Rosen Method Bodywork and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution in San Francisco. She has been a student and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage for 30 years, as well as student and Bay Area secretary to Pema Chodron. Charity has also worked closely with John Welwood in his psycho/ spiritual groups. All these influences inform her passion to help people find openness, workability and trust in their own lived experience.
 





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